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agape (Greek)

A love-feast. The early Christians held a love feast in conjunction with the Lord's Supper when the rich provided food for the poor. Eventually they became a scandal and were condemned by the Council of Carthage in A.D. 397.

Today it may be considered a feast or gathering characterized by friendliness and a good feeling for each other. For some people, it also represents God's love and is not considered to be on the same level as love between human beings.

This "love" unit about agape words goes beyond the well-known "Christian love" concept.

Agape (s) (noun), Agapae; Agapai (pl)
The love feast of the primitive Christians, being a meal partaken in connection with the communion: The Agape took place in early Christianity in commemoration of the Last Supper.
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agape (s) (noun), agapae; appai (pl)
1. Christian love: In Christian Theology, agape, or God's love for man, can be divine love, or spontaneous, altruistic love.

Agape is spiritual love, as opposed to sexual love.
2. The love feast accompanied by the Eucharistic celebration in the early Christian church: The agape was a meal that was partaken with others as a symbol of shared love and companionship.

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(Greek > Latin: love feast of the early Christians; love, love feast; to love)
Word Entries containing the term: “agape
Aletheuontes de en Agape.
Speaking the truth in love.

A transliteration of the Greek motto of Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

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